Details about the BMW iX3, the company's first all-electric crossover, have been revealed before sales begin in Europe and other global markets in 2020.
BMW says this is the first electric motor to be produced without the need for rear-earth metals.
The iX3 is fitted with a lithium-ion battery with a net energy rating of 74kWh. According to preliminary data, the iX3 should have a range of 440 kilometres using the WLTP testing standard.
Top: iX3 prototype. Above: 2018 iX3 concept.
Installed in an "extremely flat position" within the vehicle floor, BMW claims the iX3 has the same amount of passenger and luggage space as a more conventionally powered X3 model.
To improve the ecological footprint of the car even further, the automaker is planning to turn the iX3's battery packs into stationary power units once a vehicle reaches the end of its serviceable life.
The 2018 BMW Concept iX3 is thought to be very closely related to the production version. As we've seen in spy photos, the final iteration will have a closed-off upper grille and unique bumpers.
It will also likely gain a fresh set of alloy wheels, and other styling modifications, such as blue trim.
All iX3 crossovers will be built at the BMW Brilliance Automotive joint venture plant in Shenyang, China.